“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
It seems as though our world has taken a turn for the worse; we have natural disasters to contend with as well as senseless violence robbing people of life, liberty, and peace. There is discord even in the midst of what would once have been simple conversations about world and national events; we mourn the loss of the ability to express personal opinion without fear of repercussion. We mourn the loss of civility and genuine love for one another. We mourn the loss of loved ones and the ravages of disease that have robbed us and those we love from truly enjoying life. How is it then that Jesus can say, “blessed” [happy] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted?” Mourning in and of itself does not describe a person who by virtue of mourning will receive Christ, rather those who mourn celebrate a faith that knows that all is not right but through Jesus Christ, “every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain will be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.” (Isaiah 40:3-4) Blessed are those who know things are not how they should be because they know that their redeemer lives in Jesus the Christ and that only through Jesus Christ the world can be transformed. Only through Jesus Christ we can say with confidence that even those who have died in the Lord, our loved ones, are alive forevermore. Those who mourn take seriously the words of Jesus proclaiming, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:26) Those who mourn are blessed because even though they decry the current human condition, they cannot and will not resign themselves to the notion that the present reality is the final reality. There is more, much more. There is hope. There is power. Those in Christ who mourn acknowledge all is not right in the world but Jesus has the final word, and that is good, really good. Happy are those who mourn, because they have the comfort of knowing there is something more, something greater… Those who mourn, stand on the promises “that cannot fail.” Thank you Jesus.